It is with deep sadness that GIN-SSOGIE notes the passing of Abbubakar Sadiq Yussif in Ghana on the 11th of December 2017 as a result of illness. Sadiq was a valued member of GIN, andattended, lead and participated in the GIN conference in November 2016 in Bangkok, alongside Imam Muhsin Hendricks. Sadiq also participated in the recent Ethics of Responsibility event at the UN in New York where he spoke movingly about his journey with his Muslim faith as an LGBT person. He had attended the ICASA conference in Côte d’Ivoire but decided to return home to Ghana, as he was ill. He was hospitalised and passed away on the 11th of December.
Sadiq participated energetically in the work of a number of GIN members, as well as contributing to the GIN network and we are deeply sad about this loss. We offer our condolences to his family and friends and to all who worked with him.
“Surely, we belong to God and to God we shall return.”
“Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un.”
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Don't just take our word for it
I often say that one of the most cruel narratives against LGTBI+ persons, which leads to greatly damaging violence and discrimination, is that they don't have th
e capacity for spirituality, or a call for it. The fundamental importance of the work of GIN-SSOGIE is that it creates and nurtures evidence to counter that narrative,
and to reclaim spirituality and religion as spaces where LGBTI+ persons have choice to belong.
Within the United Nations, this work is currently vital, as there are strategies at play that claim that there are fundamental contradictions between the right to
freedom of religion and belief and the right to live free from violence and discrimination based on SOGI. The strategy relies on a "zero-sum" mentality in which
the furtherance of one set of rights necessitates the regression of the others. This has been disproven by analysis and evidence amassed and presented persuasively by civil society, very importantly among them, GIN-SSOGIE.
Victor Madrigal-BorlozCEUN Independent Expert on SOGIO
It really is the visibilisation of the discussions around faith and SOGIESC issues. I mean, they’ve made it possible to have these conversations, they’ve made it
possible for states to have these conversations, for civil society to come together and think about faith based inclusion. You know, they’ve encouraged other
religious actors that are not SOGIESC specific, like let’s say the act Church of Sweden or the ACT Alliance, to think more strategically about inclusion of LGBTI
issues. And I think those are really profound and important impacts.
Anonymous feedback from the review of the advocacy programme
The [Family and Traditional Values] report and the declarations from the seminars are important testimonies to the existence of a rich diversity of family
experiences today and historically and also that diverse sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions are present in cultures around the world.
To respect and protect all human being’s individual rights means that no religious nor traditional or national values can be used as a basis to violate the human rights of any individual. …
governments, as we are, together with civil society organizations can use this report to promote better understanding and respect for the rights of sexual and gender minorities including
to counter the politicization of traditional family values.
Ms Harriet Berg Director for Human Rights, Democracy and Gender Equality at the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
"When spider webs unite they can tie down a lion”
This African proverb speaks to the power of unity among those who share a common vision. Each one on their own can spin a web through their efforts but there is much more strength and
power in unity. The Global Interfaith Network is a justice seeking community of all persons of different sexualities in a common struggle for the dignity and equality of all persons irrespective
of their sexualities. Issues of sexualities are highly contested and contentious in society and particularly among faith groups. The resistance to dignity and equality of people of different
sexualities is no longer at the level of opinion or faith statement but has been taken to international, continental and country levels. Thus the struggle for equality and dignity of all persons
that is at the heart of all faiths is being taken up by GIN in pursuit of justice that is inclusive of diversity and all persons. The work of GIN is ultimately to give expression to the highest ideals
both all faiths and human rights for all and to create a better world where all are free to be who they are without discrimination or violence.
GIN is an international membership-led non-profit organisation that promotes safety and inclusion for all people of faith and spirituality, especially for people that often are discriminated against on the basis of their sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or gender expression. GIN advocates for safe spaces, policy inclusion and for the support and acceptance of all sexual and gender minorities for whom their faith is an important life-giving source.